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Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)

R | | Drama | 9 April 1993 (USA)
Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read ... See full summary »

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Sid
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Elizabeth
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Yard Sale Lady (as Sandra Lafferty)
Sidney Dawson ...
TV Customer
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Station Attendant
Scott Johnson ...
Chip
Kezbah Weidner ...
Dine Woman
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Motorcycle Rider
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Waitress
Rich Wheeler ...
Elizabeth's Grandfather
Scott Frederick ...
TV Store Kid
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Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read that a while ago, so the future should be there by now," he enthuses. He waits until the last moment to tell Carol, his ex and Beth's best friend, about the move. While Nick is working his last day, Sid comes to the couple's house to paint it for the next tenants. He quickly develops an interest in Beth. He, Beth, and Carol get stoned and hang out. When Sid hears about the move, he tells Beth that he's never left Enfield, and has no interest in traveling. Meanwhile, Nick decides to take off on his own. When Beth gets word of this from Carol, she finds solace in Sid's arms. Sid proclaims his love the next morning, and implores Beth to stay. Meanwhile, Nick visits his childhood home, looking for his parents, has an epiphany, and decides to return to Carol. Written by Anonymous

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Nick is leaving. Beth is staying. Carol is waiting. Sid is painting. See more »

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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9 April 1993 (USA)  »

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Arba Nishimot, Arba Tnuoat  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$764,083 (USA)
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In the scene when Peter Fonda arrives on his motorcycle and asks Tim Roth if the phone works, Bridget Fonda is actually hiding in the back seat of the car Roth is in. If you look very closely, for a second you see a small blue patch behind the seat for a second as Roth is sitting up. The same color of the t-shirt Bridget wore in the Arizona scenes. In the audio commentary on the DVD, director Michael Steinberg explains, "Bridget wanted to be in a shot with her father. Of course you can't see her at all. She's ducked down behind in the back seat, but I guess it was not since Easy Rider that they'd been in a film together." See more »

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Beth: You've lived here all your life?
Sid: Traveling has no allure for me... only through time.
Beth: That's not offered.
Sid: Hey, Beth-- leave it behind.
Beth: Leave what behind?
Sid: Unhappiness
Sid: Come hold me, and you'll be happy.
Beth: That's bullshit. I'm sorry Sid but you have to find happiness in your self.
Sid: That's wrong. People tell you that. But that's wrong.
Beth: It's not.
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Pushin' Too Hard
Performed by The Seeds
Written by Sky Saxon
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
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Excellent indie film with real-life couple as leads
18 December 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

"sex, lies and videotape" doesn't really have much on this film, except for a more prurient twist. Like Steven Soderbergh's seminal indie hit, "Bodies, Rest and Motion" is an intelligent drama dealing with life as a twentysomething in middle (and middle-class) America. It's tightly written, excellently acted and doesn't sound a false note along the way, except for perhaps the mystical scene in the young redhead's house when Tim Roth goes searching for his estranged parents. But that's a small quibble. Revisit this lost gem, which showcases Eric Stoltz's best role and performance, and his real-life lover at the time, Bridget Fonda, as the put-upon Olive Garden waitress who always seems to pick the wrong guy -- this time Roth as a morally bankrupt Circuit City salesman. Phoebe Cates is just right as Roth's ex-lover turned neighbor, who forgives him everything, except perhaps his treatment of Fonda.


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